§ Mr. Silvester
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) to what extent admissions for operations are being delayed at Withington hospital, Manchester; and what categories of surgery are affected;
(2) how many operating theatres at Withington hospital, Manchester, are out of action; and at what date they are due to be restored.
§ Mr. Moyle:
Ten operating theatres at Withington hospital are currently closed while they are being upgraded. Their re-opening is scheduled for 5th February, subject to the delivery of floor covering materials. Admissions have been reduced from approximately 300 per week to 200. All surgical specialties are affected.